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Assessment of rural employment using GIS

New Delhi, India

The Indian government is considering using GIS to monitor a rural employment act. According to Minister for Rural Development Pradeep Jain, there is a proposal to use GIS under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). In this regard, Ministry of Rural Development has set up an expert group to prepare a strategy for nationwide rollout and to evolve parameters for standardisation with an objective to link GIS with grass root participatory planning and asset management and monitoring.

The minister said use of GIS will strengthen decentralised participatory planning, implementation, capturing and monitoring of assets and evaluation of the works under MGNREGA and also this move will help the Ministry to bring in greater transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Scheme as real time data would be available.

Source: Press Information Bureau